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I wonder if you are making Wright say rather more than he actually does about wisdom.

His observation on Ben Sirach is that, in the context of 2nd Temple Judaism’s interest in YHWH’s return to the temple, Ben Sirach says that Israel’s God had already returned in the form of Wisdom through the Torah.

Wright then says that, in the Wisdom of Solomon, “wisdom was to be invoked by Israel’s king as the key requirement for his promised worldwide rule” (655). I’ll have to take your word for it that Wisdom of Solomon does not actually say speak of a worldwide rule, or at least only says it indirectly through warnings to other world rulers.

Wright goes on to say that the “divine Wisdom”

“is one way in which some 2nd Temple Jews and then many early Christians spoke of the strange and unexpected return of Israel’s God … and the commissioning and equipment of the coming king” (655).

Maybe the latter (2nd Temple jews) has not been qute so clearly demonstrated from these texts.

Wright then says, more significantly to my mind, that “all these themes (ie drawn from Ben Sirach and Wisdom of Solomon) spill over into each other: … exodus, redemption, tabernacle, presence, return, wisdom, kingship”.

In other words, the discussion is not simply about wisdom in isolation, but its significance in relation to other 2nd Temple return themes. These are certainly taken up in Jesus the Messiah, and, as Wright has observed, have only before been spoken of in identification with YHWH as executor, but now the identification as executor is Jesus. I think you are going to have to provide stronger grounds than you have so far done for saying that Jesus was appointed by YHWH as a human delegate to execute these functions, and not in fact part of the divine identity of YHWH himself.

This would be my defence of Wright at this point. You might say that he implies much more about wisdom than the 2nd Temple Judaism texts themselves warrant, when it is singled out as an isolated theme. I’m not sure that is the case. We’ll see what the NT texts have to say.